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Ferry Disaster: Desperate Texts and cellphone video During Sinking
April 18th, 2014

“The hallway is crowded with so many people,” one girl wrote to her father as those on board contacted relatives from the ship.

[via Sky News] [Cell phone video from disaster ferry]

Teenagers on the stricken South Korean ferry sent heartbreaking messages to their families as it capsized and sank.

Mobile phone footage and messages from passengers suggest they were advised to stay where they were as they vessel listed severely to one side.

But the advice may have effectively sealed the fates of many of those on board, making escape impossible as the ferry sank into the icy depths.

One 18-year-old student messaged his mother on the KakaoTalk messaging app at 9.27am (1.27am UK time) – shortly after the ferry sent its first distress call.

He wrote: “Mum, I’m sending this because I might not be able to say it later. I love you.”

Seven minutes later his mother – unaware of the trouble the vessel was in – replied: “Why? … I thought you don’t check your KakaoTalk messages.

“Me too son… I love you.”

There are reports that the young man involved may be one of the lucky 179 survivors rescued before the ship capsized and went under the water.

Another student sent a series of messages to friends in a theatre club just after 9am.

He wrote: “Hey really seriously.

“Love you all for real.

“Looks like we really are gonna die.

“No really the ship’s tilting.

“You guys really.

“If I’ve wronged any of you. Forgive me.”

A female passenger, also 18, messaged her father at around 10am as the ship started to sink.

She wrote: “Dad don’t worry too much. I am wearing a life vest and am with other girls.”

A few minutes later, as the situation deteriorated, she added: “I can’t. It’s too tilted. Can’t move … it’s more dangerous if I move.”

Her distraught father wrote back, urging her to try to get out, but it was already too late.

“Dad, I can’t. The ship is too tilted. The hallway is crowded with so many people,” she responded in a final message.

At 9.23am a 16-year-old called Kim Woong-Ki texted his older brother saying: “Brother, I’m riding a ship to Jeju Island and the ship hit something and it can’t move.”

After he was asked how bad the damage was, he said: “I don’t know about that, since I’m inside. I don’t have good coverage and just now the Coast Guards arrived.”

The teenager’s brother replied: “The rescue will arrive soon. Don’t panic. Be calm and strong. You just need to move quickly as instructed. When you have coverage contact me again.”

An icon on the brother’s phone shows that his last message was not read and Kim was listed among almost 290 unaccounted for.

Some parents managed a last, traumatic phone call with their children as they tried to escape.

“He told me the ship was tilted over and he couldn’t see anything,” one mother recalled of a panicked conversation with her student son.

“He said ‘I haven’t put on the life jacket yet’, and then the phone went dead,” the mother told the Dong-A Ilbo newspaper.

Deceptions at the internet
April 18th, 2014

One of the great promises of the Internet was that it would be a better engine of commerce: more products, at better prices, with more accurate reviews than old-style retail. That is a promise that has been, in many ways, delivered, but it’s one that’s threatened by too much stretching of the truth.

Shared by The New Yorker

Digital Darwinism
April 18th, 2014

Social media, mobile, wearables, Internet of Things, real-time — these are just some of the technologies that are disrupting markets. Changes in how people communicate, connect, and discover are carrying incredible implications for businesses and just about anything where people are involved. It’s not so much that technology is part of our everyday life or that technology is relentless in its barrage on humanity.

This is a time of digital Darwinism — an era where technology and society are evolving faster than businesses can naturally adapt. This sets the stage for a new era of leadership, a new generation of business models, charging behind a mantra of “adapt or die.”

Read more: http://insights.wired.com/profiles/blogs/the-wheel-of-disruptive-technology-and-how-the-future-of-business#ixzz2zFZg9icU
Follow us: @Wiredinsights on Twitter | InnovationInsights on Facebook

Read more in Brian Solis report on Wired Innovation Insights

Nearby Friends
April 18th, 2014

Facebook is announcing a new feature for its iPhone and Android apps called Nearby Friends.

If you choose to turn it on, and have friends who do likewise, you’ll get notified when you’re in the same vicinity — so you could discover you’re both at the same movie theater, for instance, or both happen to be attending the same conference.

Read the complete story about this new feature of Facebook on TIME

Mass surveillance programs of world powers
April 18th, 2014

This week I made the commitment to select one news item every day in the context of the Smartmobs categories of Howard Rheingold’s classic work Smartmobs (2003).

Today my attention was caught by Edward Snowdens current article in the Guardian on the involvement in and responsibility of Russia (and the United States) for mass surveillance.

Edward Snowden questioned the Russian president live on TV to get his answer on the record, not to whitewash him

Snowden writes: Vladimir Putin must be called to account on surveillance just like Obama

Auto Play Videos on Facebook
April 17th, 2014

Ever since Facebook introduced video and video ads auto play has been the plan of attack. But Facebook has also provided the tools to prevent that all from occurring. It will need to be done on every device you use to access Facebook because it’s a browser-based setting not an account setting. Here is a tutorial for a quick and easy way to stop videos on Facebook from auto playing.

Technological change and the future
April 17th, 2014

According to the latest research findinds of PEW Research a majority of Americans envision a future made better by advancements in technology.

The public is evenly split on whether computers will soon match humans when it comes to creating music, novels, paintings, or other important works of art: 51% think that this will happen in the next 50 years, while 45% think that it will not. College graduates and those with high incomes are comparatively unlikely to expect that computers will advance to this level of development.

Multi-Screen Engagement
April 17th, 2014

Studies show that a television is no longer the only place that consumers are getting their entertainment. Computers, tablets, and smartphones are all able to air favorite shows—and the ads that go with them. This combination of multiple screens into the consumer experience is transforming how people develop devotion to certain brands, and how they stay engaged with content and brands simultaneously across different devices.

According to Socialmedia today an interesting webinar took place on Multi-Screen Engagement stating that ‘Marketers must meet consumers on whichever screen they’re viewing. Not only that, it needs to be a picture-perfect experience. Otherwise, the connection with the consumer will be lost. Loyalty will go to the brands that transcend across all platforms

See here the focus of what was discussed by the panel

Designing your creative with engagement and interactivity in mind.
Understanding the different types of multi-screeners.
Integrating your mobile and online digital strategy.
Leveraging the variety of social platforms.

Watch out PayPal for Facebook planning a Money Transfer Business
April 16th, 2014

Forbes contributor Leo King reports in Forbes that the web-based money transfer market could be in for a large shakeup after it emerged. Facebook is planning a money transfer business in Europe, expanding its existing options beyond the U.S.

[Also check slideshow the Evolution of Facebook]

Expert opinions are split as to whether a foray into the market by Facebook would cause a competitive danger for existing online money transfer providers such as eBay’s PayPal division, Western Union WU +0.95% and Moneygram, or whether the social network would need a lot of time to establish a successful, trustworthy operation.

The social network, which already has money services licences in most US states but has not yet launched a money transfer business, is close to gaining regulatory approval in Ireland, its European base, for an online payment service – according to a report in the Financial Times.

Such a business would draw on Facebook’s extensive user base and existing mobile reach, but analysts are warning that success could depend on establishing a new level of user trust. It would also partner with existing technology startups to handle the transfers. The company has not commented on any potential launch, and the timing remains unclear.

WSJ: In a Digital World, Lego Sticks to Its Bricks
April 16th, 2014

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Lego CEO Mr. Knudstorp spoke about the future of plastic bricks in a digital world. JENS HANSEGARD reports on how the Toy Maker’s Focus for Growth Is Now Directed Toward New Markets

WSJ: Another competitor for children’s attention is the boom in digital play. How does Lego compete with iPads and other digital devices?

Mr. Knudstorp: Lego videogames are some of the biggest titles in children’s videogames. [But] we have no desire to leave our physical brick. We’re looking for exciting ways to encircle the physical building experience, and online gaming, videogames, console games are all part of that. I don’t see it as a contradiction.




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